1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312
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1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING
Sold for US$ 192,500 inc. premium

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1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312 1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING  Chassis no. 312
1904 KNOX 16/18hp "TUDOR" 5-PASSENGER TOURING

Chassis no. 312

275ci Air-Cooled Opposed 2-Cylinder Engine
Knox Carburetor
16bhp
2-Speed Manual Planetary Transmission
Longitudinal Full Length Leaf Springs with Front and Rear Beam Axles
Rear Mechanical Brakes


*An impressive and imposing American "Brighton" car with a proven track record
*Entered for the 2015 edition of the London to Brighton
*Freshly rebuilt motor and with starter motor fitted for easy use
*Five seats and a proper top
*Known history from new



THE KNOX TWIN

Knox automobiles were built in Springfield, Massachusetts from 1900 to 1914. The Knox 2-cylinder air-cooled engine had a rather massive 275 cubic-inch displacement and cylinder barrels were studded with 2-inch pins for cooling. The resulting prickly appearance caused some Knox owners to favor the nickname "Old Porcupine" for their cars. The engine was mounted midship in the chassis and was connected to a 2-speed manual planetary transmission, driving the rear wheels through chains. A tiller provided steering from the car's left-side driving position.

Two-cylinder styles for 1904 included the "Tuxedo" Touring car, "Touraine" Stanhope or Runabout and the "Tudor" Surrey as offered here. The Touraine Stanhope featured a flat rear deck, suitable for carrying luggage and spares, while the Tuxedo and Tudor models had a large rear seat mounted in that area. Seating for two auxiliary passengers was provided on all models and was neatly concealed when not needed in the forward body structure.

The Knox was a relatively large and moderately expensive car in its time. The 1904 Touraine Stanhope spanned an 84-inch wheelbase and sold new for $2000. By way of comparison, a contemporary single-cylinder (98cid) Model B Cadillac Runabout had a 76-inch wheelbase and listed for $80 and the engine was rated at half the power. A Knox entry in the 1906 Glidden Tour finished the endurance run with a perfect score, contributing to the car's reputation for durability.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

It is sometimes difficult to decipher the histories of cars that have been around for a handful of decades, let alone those which have been around for more than one century. Here we present an incredibly rare example which has a known history from its earliest days.

The tale of this 'Old Porcupine' originates in Neligh, Nebraska where it is understood to have been purchased new by Mr. Gilmartin, the owner of a series of flour mills in this region. Mr. Gilmartin is said to have been responsible for its fitment of non standard large diameter wheels, which provided a raised ground clearance and enabled him to drive his car across his fields as his runabout in the day to day running of the mills as he sojourned between locations. Later in its life it is believed that the car, with its large and dependable power unit, also came into use for running some farm machinery too.

The car came to light when discovered by the Horn Brothers, Herb and Bob, of Sarasota, Florida, pioneering collectors who were sourcing cars for their Cars of Yesterday Museum. They traveled to the Gilmartin property finding the Knox with one wheel removed and running a piece of machinery, and were able to acquire it from him. One aspect proved to be trickier to retrieve though: its top is said to have denigrated to the service of covering a grain bin and Gilmartin wouldn't allow for its removal until a replacement cover was created!

Testifying to its completeness and originality, as well as the resources available to them, the Horn Brothers were able to refurbish the Tudor over the winter of 1940 and it was driven publicly to the delight of the locals in Sarasota by spring the following year.

From the Cars of Yesterday Collection the Knox passed to another noted collection, that of the Webber family in St. Louis, Missouri and then in turn to Norm Burkhart. Mr. Burkhart elected to take the car to the UK in 1987 and 1988 to complete the most famous event for pre-1905 automobiles, the London to Brighton, which is now sponsored by Bonhams. Shortly after this it was to arrive in its penultimate ownership where it was remain for more than a decade before being acquired by its current owner – a prominent and long term enthusiast of early motor cars.

In its current custody the car has been treated to maintenance and sympathetic improvement by one of the country's leading experts in brass era motor cars, Chris Kidd. At his Tired Iron Works in Monrovia, California, the engine was completely rebuilt and a new counterbalanced crankshaft fitted while at the same time to facilitate starting this large capacity engine, it has been carefully fitted with a starter motor. Enhancing its versatility a fully convertible top has been made, to provide weather protection when needed, while the original upright/detached unit goes with the car.

In 2015, the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run will honor American made automobiles. This car has been accepted as an entry, potentially providing its next owner to a chance to partake in this legendary event in true style, with ample performance and commodious space to enjoy the tour with friends.
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